- Skywatchers caught July's full 'buck moon' , on July 4 and 5, in the third of four penumbral lunar eclipses
- The eclipse started at 11:08 pm in the US and during early hours of the morning in the UK and Europe
- A penumbral lunar eclipse is different to a total eclipse as the whole moon is not in the earth's shadow
July's 'buck moon' dazzled sky-gazers early today, putting on a staggering display as it rose around the world.
The supermoon, named as it appears in the season when young male deer grow their antlers, was also a lunar eclipse of sorts - with half the sun's light blocked out, producing eerily spectacular images.
Unlike a total lunar eclipse, when the moon can appear dark red, in this so-called penumbral eclipse the earth's satellite took on an orange hue as it hung low in the late evening skies.
July's eclipse started at 11:08 pm in the US which was during the early hours of the morning in the UK with only 35 per cent visible, according to Space.com.
When there is a full moon in July it is known as the 'buck moon' because it comes at the beginning of Summer when male deer grow their new antlers.
It can also be called the 'thunder moon' because of the frequency of thunderstorms during this hot, dry month in some parts of the world.
WHAT IS A LUNAR ECLIPSE?
An eclipse occurs any time a planet or moon passes between another planet, moon or the sun.
Depending on their orbits, they can be total or partial.
A lunar eclipse is a specific event which happens when Earth lines up directly between the sun and the moon.
When this happens, Earth blocks the light from the sun to the moon. Earth's shadow then falls on the moon.
During a lunar eclipse, we can see Earth’s shadow on the moon.
They can last for several hours, but it is rare for a period of total eclipse to last longer than 100 minutes.
At least two lunar eclipses happen every year.